Dave, I feel your pain. It has taken me 5 years and many long hours of foot work and reading microfilm at library's to connect with my past. Try Rootsweb.com, there are may family connect projects you can research and post messages about your family members their. Go to your local library or Historical Society from the County where you grew up and research your family. Coach Jimmy " V " said it best when he was dying of cancer, DON"T GIVE UP, DON'T EVER GIVE UP. This is very true in genealogy research. You just might Connect by accident.